Say the word "pastel" and for lots of people it conjures up easter eggs or little girls rooms. However, pastels have re-emerged as a bright, airy, calming option in many settings. Pastels don't have to be baby blue or baby pink. They can have substance to them especially when paired with colors that are more vibrant and usable. As part of its 2013 Color Forecast, Sherwin-Williams focused on pastels in a few of the trend palettes. These exude a carefree attitude that reflects current fashion trends but also echo retro color preferences of the 1950's and 60's. With the economy being in the tank, people want to get back to having fun and feeling uplifted. The pastels are a bit bolder, including semiprecious gem tones like citrine, peridot and amethyst, set off by crisp neutrals. Hues like Radiant Lilac (SW0074), Rosedust (SW0025) and Bathe Blue (SW6771) are coupled with black and white for a modern edge. And according to the director of color marketing for Sherwin Williams, a minty green deemed the color of 2013 pairs wonderfully with chartreuse, bright coral, periwinkle and violet.